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During the 1940s and 1950s the American comedy duo William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo), appeared in vaudeville and on stage, radio, film and television. This popular comedy team made everyone in the audience split their sides with laughter.
Their patter routine in “Who’s on First?” sets the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits. Many consider it as one of the greatest comedy routines of all time.
In this following video clip titled “Crazy House” Bud Abbott and Lou Costello perform one of their most famous and widely copied burlesque and vaudeville interruption sketches. Known on the vaudeville circuit as the “Nut House,” this filmed sketch from the first season of their 1952 half-hour television show is probably one of the few surviving performances of this well-worn, and now largely forgotten, burlesque classic.
The sketch starts with Lou suffering from insomnia. Bud decides to check Lou into a “rest home.” More like a mental institution with patients in command, Lou subjected to a series of bizarre intrusions into his hospital room eventually sleeps. We get a chance to experience such classic schtick as spit takes, gun fire, and seltzer bottles.
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